Friday, June 10, 2005

Wind or Nuclear debate rages in Britain

Observers of efforts to construct a 1000-MW offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom are looking forward to a spirited debate:'ll be interesting to see if a savvy PR campaign, with lessons learned from similar projects happening around the world, can smooth the way for the approval of this project. I wonder if this will intersect with the continued push for new nuclear power plants in the UK - it's not hard to imagine windfarm opponents asking why a 152 mi2 offshore wind farm is necessary when you can get more and more reliable power from a single nuclear plant. I like wind power OK, but I feel that in the not-too-distant future, we'll look at these kinds of megafarms as kind of bizarre anomalies, an amusing reminder of the uncertainty that characterized our first efforts to solve the Global Energy Problem Thing.

I am waiting for opponents of LNG in California to suggest building nuclear power...then we'll know their credibility is shot.

[Link via NEI Nuclear notes]